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'Unpaid' jobless Jubilee stewards

A security firm has allegedly forced a group of long-term unemployed jobseekers to sleep under London Bridge before working on the Diamond Jubilee river pageant. There are reports that the attendants were unpaid for their work.

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Jobseeker stewards 'asked to sleep and change under bridge'

These are some of the allegations that two jobseekers have made against the security firm Close Protection UK (CPUK). Both were working as stewards for the firm at the Jubilee River Pageant on a work experience basis.

  • Asked to spend Sunday night under London Bridge
  • Made to change into security gear in public because of lack of changing facilities
  • Given no access to toilets for 24 hours
  • Taken to a swampy campsite after working a 14-hour shift

CPUK has said that the episode was part of an assessment for a qualification inspectator safety and that the working conditions are "thenature of the business".

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